en-fr  Tonino the Invisible
Tonino l'invisible - par Gianni Rodari, à partir de "Favole al telefono", "Histoires au téléphone", 1961, traduit de l'Italien.

Il était une fois un garçon nommé Tonino, qui allait à l'école sans avoir étudié sa leçon et qui avait peur que le professeur l'interroge.

"Ah - se dit-il - si je devenais invisible ..." Le professeur appela les noms des élèves et quand il arriva à celui de Tonino, le garçon répondit : présent, mais personne ne l'entendit et le professeur dit - Quel dommage que Tonino ne soit pas là, je pensais l'interroger. S'il est malade, espérons qu'il n'y a rien de grave.

Et Tonino compris qu'il était devenu invisible comme il l'avait désiré. Fou de joie, il sauta de sa chaise et finit dans la poubelle. Il se leva et marcha autour de la classe, il tira sur un élève ici et par le bras d'un autre là et renversa un pot d'encre. Il y eu des protestations bruyantes et des débats sans fin. Les enfants de l'école s'accusèrent les uns les autres de ces plaisanteries; Ils ne pouvaient pas suspecter que, en fait, le coupable était l'invisible Tonino.

Lorsqu'il fut fatigué de ce jeu, Tonino laissa l'école et monta dans un tram, évidemment sans payer de billet puisque le chauffeur ne pouvait le voir. Il trouva une place et s'assit. À la station suivante une dame et ses emplettes monta dans le tram et commença à s'asseoir à une place qui semblait vide à ses yeux. À la place elle s'assit sur les genoux de Tonino ; il faillit suffoquer. La dame hurla : - Qu'est-ce que c'est que ce piège ? Vous ne pouvez même pas vous asseoir ici désormais ? Regardez, je pose le sac et il reste suspendu en l'air.

Le sac était alors placé sur les genoux de Tonino. Il y eu beaucoup de commentaires, mais presque tous les passagers exprimaient des mots enflammés contre la compagnie de tramway.

Tonino descendit au centre ville, entra dans une boulangerie et commença à prendre ce qu'il voulait. Il plongea avec les deux mains entre petits pains, éclairs au chocolat et toutes sorte de gâteaux. La vendeuse, qui voyait la pâtisserie disparaître du comptoir, accusa un digne gentleman qui avait acheté des bonbons troués au milieu pour sa vieille tante. Le gentleman protesta — moi, un voleur ? Vous ne savez pas à qui vous parlez. Ne savez-vous pas qui était mon père. Ne savez-vous pas qui était mon grand-père !

— Je ne veux pas savoir, dit la vendeuse.

- Comment osez-vous insulter mon grand-père !

C'était une terrible bagarre. Les gardes arrivèrent en courant. Tonino l'invisible se faufila entre les jambes du lieutenant et retourna à l'école pour retrouver ses camarades à leur sortie. Effectivement , il les vit partir, ou plutôt dévaler les étages de l'école comme une boule de neige, mais eux ne le virent jamais. Tonino essaya en vain de courser l'un ou l'autre ou de prendre les cheveux de son ami Roberto ou de donner une sucette à son ami Guiscardo. Ils ne le voyaient pas, ils ne l'entendaient pas du tout, ils regardaient à travers lui comme s'il était fait de verre.

Fatigué et un peu découragé, Tonino rentra chez lui. Sa mère l'attendait sur le balcon. Je suis là, maman ! Tonino hurlait. Mais elle ne le voyait pas ni ne l'entendait et regardait anxieusement la route derrière lui.

Je suis là, papa, dit Tonino lorsqu'il fut à la maison, assis à sa place habituelle à table
Mais son père murmura avec difficulté : je me demande pourquoi Tonino est si en retard. Espérons qu'il n'a pas eu un accident ?

Mais je suis là, je suis là ! Maman, papa ! Tonino hurlait Mais ils n'entendaient pas sa voix.

Tonino commença à pleurer, mais à quoi bon pleurer lorsque personne ne peut le voir ?

Je ne veux plus jamais être invisible, se lamenta Tonino, accablé de chagrin. Je veux que mon père me voit, que ma mère me gronde et que le professeur me questionne ! Je veux jouer avec mes amis ! C'est nul d'être invisible, c'est nul d'être seul.

He went out down the stairs and went slowly down to the garden.

Pourquoi tu pleures ? Demanda un vieil homme assis sur un banc au soleil.

Mais vous pouvez me voir ? Demanda Tonino très anxieux.

-. Oui, je te vois. Je te vois aller à l'école tous les jours et revenir.

Mais je ne vous ai jamais vu.

Oui, je sais. Personne ne me remarque. Un vieil homme retraité, tout seul, pourquoi les enfants le remarqueraient ? Pour toi je suis comme l'homme invisible.

"Tonino" appela sa mère depuis le balcon.

Maman, peux-tu me voir ?
Et bien, je devrais être aveugle pour ne pas te voir.
Viens, viens et tu vas écouter ce que ton père doit te dire.

J'arrive maman, hurlait Tonino, joyeusement.
N'as-tu pas peur de recevoir une fessée ? dit en riant le vieil homme

Tonino jeta ses bras autour du cou de l'homme et lui donna un baiser. Vous m'avez sauvé dit-il.

Ah, quelle exagération dit le vieil homme.
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If he is sick, we hope it's nothing serious.
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So Tonino understood that he had become invisible, as he had desired.
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Full of joy, he leaped from his chair and ended up in the trash can.
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There were noisy protests and endless arguments.
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He found a place and sat down.
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Instead she sat on Tonino's knees; he almost suffocated.
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The lady shouted: - What kind of trick is this?
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You cannot even sit here anymore?
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Look, I put the bag down and it remains suspended in the air.
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The bag was actually placed on Tonino's knees.
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He fished with both hands between rolls, chocolate eclairs and all kinds of cakes.
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The gentleman protested – I, a thief?
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You do not know to who you're talking.
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Don’t you know who my father was.
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Don’t you know who my grandfather was!
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- I do not want to know, - said the saleswoman.
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- How dare you insult my grandfather!
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It was a terrible fight.
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The guards came running in.
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They did not see him, they did not listen at all, they looked through him like he was made of glass.
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Tired and a little discouraged Tonino went home.
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His mother was waiting for him on the balcony.
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- I'm here, Mom!
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– Tonino shouted.
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But she did not see him nor hear him, and looked anxiously at the road behind him.
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- Here I am, Dad, - said Tonino, when he was home, sitting at his usual place at the table.
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- But his father murmured uneasily: - I wonder why Tonino's so late.
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Hopefully he hasn't had an accident?
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- But I'm here, I'm here!
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Ma, Dad!
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- Tonino shouted.
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But they didn’t hear his voice.
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Tonino began to cry, but what good are tears, when no one can see them?
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- I never want to be invisible again - complained Tonino, devastated by grief.
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- I want my father to see me, my mother scolding me, and the teacher questioning me!.
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I want to play with my friends!
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It's bad to be invisible, it's bad to be alone.
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He went out down the stairs and went slowly down to the garden.
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- Why are you crying?
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- Asked an old man sitting on a bench in the sun.
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- But you can see me?
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- Tonino asked, very anxious.
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-.
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Yes, I see you.
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I see you go to school every day and come back again.
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- But I've never seen you.
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- Yes I know.
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Nobody notices me.
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A retired old man, all alone, why should children look at him?
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For you I am like the invisible man.
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- “Tonino!“ - Called his mother from the balcony.
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- Mom, can you see me?
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- Well, I'd have to be blind not to see you.
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Come on, come on and you will have listen to what your father has to say.
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- I'm coming, Mom - Tonino shouted, joyfully.
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- Are you not afraid you'll get a spanking?
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- laughed the old man.
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Tonino threw his arms around the man’s neck and gave him a kiss.
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- You saved me, - he said.
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- Ah, what an exaggeration, - said the old man.
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Tonino the Invisible - by Gianni Rodari, from "Favole al telefono", "Fairy tales on the phone," 1961, translated from Italian.

There once was a boy named Tonino, who went to school without having studied his lesson and was worried that the teacher would question him.

"Ah - he told himself - if I could become invisible …"

The teacher called out the names of the students, and when he arrived at Tonino’s name, the boy replied: - present - but nobody heard him, and the teacher said - What a shame that Tonino is not here, I thought about questioning him. If he is sick, we hope it's nothing serious.

So Tonino understood that he had become invisible, as he had desired. Full of joy, he leaped from his chair and ended up in the trash can. He stood up and walked around the class, he pulled people here and there by the hair and spilled ink pots. There were noisy protests and endless arguments. Schoolchildren accused each other of mischief; they could not suspect that, in fact, the culprit was the invisible Tonino.

When he got tired of that game, Tonino left the school and got on a tram, obviously without paying for a ticket because the driver could not see him. He found a place and sat down. At the next stop a lady with her shopping bag got on the tram and just started sitting in a place, which looked empty in her eyes. Instead she sat on Tonino's knees; he almost suffocated. The lady shouted: - What kind of trick is this? You cannot even sit here anymore? Look, I put the bag down and it remains suspended in the air.

The bag was actually placed on Tonino's knees. There was lots of discussion, and almost all the passengers voiced fiery words against the streetcar company.

Tonino got off in the town center, and into a bakery and started to take what he wanted. He fished with both hands between rolls, chocolate eclairs and all kinds of cakes. The saleswoman, who saw the pastry disappear from the counter, accused a worthy gentleman who had bought candy with a hole in them for an old aunt. The gentleman protested – I, a thief? You do not know to who you're talking. Don’t you know who my father was. Don’t you know who my grandfather was!

- I do not want to know, - said the saleswoman.

- How dare you insult my grandfather!

It was a terrible fight. The guards came running in. Tonino the invisible slipped between the legs of the lieutenant and went back to school to meet his companions as they came out. Indeed, he saw them leave, or rather rolling down from the steps of the school like a snowball, but they never saw him. Tonino tried in vain to chase one or the other, or to pull his friend Roberto’s hair, or to give a lollipop to his friend Guiscardo. They did not see him, they did not listen at all, they looked through him like he was made of glass.

Tired and a little discouraged Tonino went home. His mother was waiting for him on the balcony. - I'm here, Mom! – Tonino shouted. But she did not see him nor hear him, and looked anxiously at the road behind him.

- Here I am, Dad, - said Tonino, when he was home, sitting at his usual place at the table.
- But his father murmured uneasily: - I wonder why Tonino's so late. Hopefully he hasn't had an accident?

- But I'm here, I'm here! Ma, Dad! - Tonino shouted. But they didn’t hear his voice.

Tonino began to cry, but what good are tears, when no one can see them?

- I never want to be invisible again - complained Tonino, devastated by grief. - I want my father to see me, my mother scolding me, and the teacher questioning me!. I want to play with my friends! It's bad to be invisible, it's bad to be alone.

He went out down the stairs and went slowly down to the garden.

- Why are you crying? - Asked an old man sitting on a bench in the sun.

- But you can see me? - Tonino asked, very anxious.

-. Yes, I see you. I see you go to school every day and come back again.

- But I've never seen you.

- Yes I know. Nobody notices me. A retired old man, all alone, why should children look at him? For you I am like the invisible man.

- “Tonino!“ - Called his mother from the balcony.

- Mom, can you see me?
- Well, I'd have to be blind not to see you.
Come on, come on and you will have listen to what your father has to say.

- I'm coming, Mom - Tonino shouted, joyfully.
- Are you not afraid you'll get a spanking? - laughed the old man.

Tonino threw his arms around the man’s neck and gave him a kiss. - You saved me, - he said.

- Ah, what an exaggeration, - said the old man.